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In 2002, four students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland were brought together as a wind quartet to participate in the Carlisle Cathedral Composition Competition. Recognising the challenge and enjoyment of the wind quartet repertoire, Katie Punter, Marian Baker, Susannah Hallas and Fraser Gordon continued to work together regularly as a chamber group, and thus The Illuminati Wind Quartet came into being.
This quartet of dynamic young players are very enthusiastic about uncovering lesser known contemporary repertoire and equally keen to introduce this to their audiences alongside more familiar works. They have aquired a reputation for energy and sparkle in their playing as well as for entertaining rapport with their audience.
The ensemble performs regularly in recital halls, festivals and music society concerts and were winners of the Tunnell Trust Award Scheme in 2007.
UPDATE SPRING 2013
WE RECENTLY RECORDED RORY BOYLE’S A BOX OF CHATTER, AN ILLUMINATI COMMISSION FROM 2008. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND YOU CAN HEAR OUR PIECE ALONGSIDE SOME OF HIS OTHER WORKS FOR WIND ON THE SHOWCASE DISC OF THE ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE WOODWIND DEPARTMENT!
“certainly an illuminating experience”
“meticulous attention to detail”